(Amended by Ordinance No. 177259, effective February 19, 2003.)
A. Upon receipt of an application, the Portland Development
Commission shall review the application to determine whether the application
should be further processed. In reaching such a determination, the
Commission may request additional information from the applicant as well as
assemble any and all data deemed relevant to the decision.
B. The Portland Development Commission shall, after review and
comment by all relevant City bureaus, recommend approval, approval with
conditions, or denial of the application, after consideration of the
1. The economic feasibility of the project, with and without
the use of revenue bonds.
2. The need for housing resulting from the project.
3. The general benefits to the City of the proposed
4. The City’s ability to supply or support other needed
services required by the project.
5. Employment and property tax income from the project.
6. Suitability of the project as proposed in the specific
7. (Amended by Ordinance No. 157998; Nov. 21, 1985.)
Projects applying for permanent financing must be determined to provide
housing at rent or price levels 85 percent of which shall be affordable by
households with incomes up to 150 percent of the area median income.
8. Projects in the downtown, particularly the RX Zone,
designated urban renewal or redevelopment areas shall receive highest
9. Conformance with Internal Revenue Service Regulations and
the Oregon Revised Statutes.
10. No application shall be recommended for approval unless
the Portland Development Commission, after review and comment by all relevant
City bureaus, determines that the project does not conflict with adopted City
plans and policies.
11. Projects applying for construction financing may be at
rent or price levels up to 150 percent of median income, but must have
available a firm commitment for long‑term project financing.
C. No project may be approved which would result in the
conversion of existing occupied residential rental units to condominium or
D. The applicant, to be eligible for financing assistance under
this program, must agree not to discriminate against any purchaser or tenant who
is a parent or legal guardian with whom a child resides or is expected to
reside, except in projects designed exclusively for households, the heads of
whom are 62 years of age or older; or in projects designed for households,
the heads of whom are 55 years of age or older, if the project meets the
requirements of the applicable federal law.
E. Revenue bonds may be issued secured by revenues from mortgage
payments from individual owners of condominium and cooperative units within
multiple unit housing projects which are newly constructed, rehabilitated from
other uses or rehabilitated in abandoned residential buildings.
Applications for such projects shall be considered by the Portland Development
1. No individual or company may have more than one loan
outstanding at any one time under this program for individual condominium or
2. No mortgage loan funds under this program may be used for
refinancing by existing owners, and no loans may be assumed by persons not
eligible for condominium or cooperative units.
F. The applicant shall submit a relocation plan for any
households, individuals, or businesses which may be displaced by the proposed
project. The Portland Development Commission will be responsible for
analysis of that proposal and recommendation of that plan, that plan with
amendments, or an alternative plan. The relocation plan shall assure that
such households, individuals, or businesses are relocated to affordable housing
of comparable or better quality.